Lifespan Nutrition - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 4
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - 500 word formative assessment (10%) , Assignment - 1500 word assignment (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

In this subject, students will develop an understanding of nutrition requirements and physiological changes across the lifespan: pre-conception, pregnancy & foetal development, lactation, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and ageing as well as special situations including nutrition for sport. Students will also learn about food and nutrition dietary patterns across the different life stages. Students will be able to combine prior nutritional and biosciences knowledge and skills with the new material to gain a more in-depth understanding of human nutritional needs, requirements and habits

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. analyse and compare & contrast the physiological differences/changes occurring during different stages of the life span.
  2. analyse and compare & contrast the nutritional requirements of pregnant & lactating women, infants, children, adolescents, adults & older persons.
  3. analyse and compare & contrast the nutritional issues and habits of particular relevance and particular risk behaviours of each age group.
  4. synthesize knowledge of physiology, nutritional requirements & issues and behaviours across the lifespan and apply this knowledge to individuals.
  • Assessment — 500 word formative assessment (10%)
  • Assignment — 1500 word assignment (30%)
  • Quizzes — 3 x 45 minute quizzes (60%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — If cross institutional, unit coordinator approval needed. View OUA info on La Trobe On Campus to Online or Pathway Programs for details.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Preconception Nutrition
3Pregnancy Nutrition
4Lactation Nutrition
5Infant Nutrition
6Toddler Nutrition
7Child Nutrition
8Adolescent Nutrition
9Adult Nutrition 1
10Adult Nutrition 2
11Older Person Nutrition
12Dietary Recommendations Across the Lifespan
13Sports Nutrition

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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